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PROJECT GROUPS

Composition: Project Group (PG) consists of members of the Commission and the SEG when additional expertise is needed. PG members are selected by the Commission members.

Duties: Project Groups are set up to assist ICNIRP in performing its projects as per its work plan. These entities are dedicated to fulfill a specific work plan task such as the preparation of the ICNIRP draft documents or the organization of a workshop. Upon completion of the task assigned, the PG is dissolved.

Protection Principles
ICNIRP PG on "Radiation protection principles for NIR and Update of ICNIRP’s general philosophy"

Task: Revise the "ICNIRP General Approach to Protection".

Membership (2012-2016): E. Van Rongen (Chair), Rodney Croft, Jukka Juutilainen, Carmela Marino, Rüdiger Matthes, Mats-Olof Mattsson, Chiyoji Ohkubo, René de Sèze, Rianne Stam, Andrew Wood.

Status September 2016: The Project Group formally finalized its task. In accordance with ICNIRP's working procedures, further decisions and developments are now to be carried out by the Commission.

Past activity: Workshop on Radiation Protection Principles, 27 June 2014, Geneva (co-organized by ICRP, ILOIRPA, and WHO)

Data Gaps
ICNIRP PG on "data gaps identified during guidelines’ development"

Task: Draft a research agenda for the whole NIR spectrum, based in particular on the gaps identified during guidelines development. The ICNIRP research agenda aims at identifying knowledge gaps relevant for giving protection guidance.

Membership: Carmela Marino (Chair),  Anssi Auvinen, Rodney Croft, Maria Feychting, Jukka Juutilainen, Ken Karipidis, Isabelle Lagroye, Chiyoji Ohkubo, Karl Schulmeister, Bruce Stuck, Soichi Watanabe, Andrew Wood.

Status: In action.

Guidelines Processes
ICNIRP PG on "Guidelines Processes"

Task: Draft a set of ICNIRP guidelines processes for consideration by the Commission.

Membership: Rodney Croft (Chair), Eric van Rongen, Sarah Loughran, Simon Mann, Sharon Miller, John O’Hagan, Emilie Van Deventer (Observer).

Status September 2016:
Now finalized.

High frequency
ICNIRP PG on "HF guidelines (up to 300 GHz)"

Task: Revise the existing guidelines on limiting exposure to high and radiofrequency fields in the range (100 kHz - 300 GHz) based on the latest reviews available including in particular the ICNIRP Reviews, the WHO EHC, and the IARC monograph.

Membership: Rodney Croft (Chair), Guglielmo D’Inzeo, Maria Feychting, Akimasa Hirata, Kari Jokela, Sarah Loughran, Carmela Marino, Rüdiger Matthes, Gunnhild Oftedal, Eric van Rongen, Martin Röösli, Zenon Sienkiewicz, John Tattersall, and Soichi Watanabe.

Status: ICNIRP has been working on its new high-frequency (HF) guidelines, which will cover the 100 kHz – 300 GHz range of the non-ionizing radiation (NIR) spectrum. This will replace the HF portion of the 1998 ICNIRP guidelines. A draft of the new HF guidelines was presented at ICNIRP’s 8th International NIR Workshop in Cape Town, South Africa, in May 2016. This provided an opportunity to share the direction of the ICNIRP thinking, and to obtain preliminary comments from the Workshop participants. At that time ICNIRP was planning to have a public consultation document ready by the end of 2016. However, as some of the issues that were raised regarding the HF guidelines are requiring considerable additional thought and development, this time frame is no longer feasible. ICNIRP will provide updates on the progress in due course. 

Past Activities:

ultrasound
ICNIRP PG on "Ultrasound guidelines"

Task: Draft a revision of the former ICNIRP Ultrasound Guidelines (including recommendation for patients).

Membership: Zenon Sienkiewicz (Chair), Jacques Abramowicz, David Coggon, Francis Duck, Adele Green, Timothy Leighton, David Savitz, Marvin Ziskin.

Status: In action.

NIR for diagnostic purposes
ICNIRP PG on "Intended human exposure to NIR for diagnostic purposes"

Task: Draft a statement about intended human exposure to NIR for diagnostic purposes.

Membership (2012-2016): Adele Green (Chair), David Coggon, Penny Gowland, Carmela Marino, Augusto Morales, Agnette Peralta, Per Söderberg, René de Sèze, Rianne Stam, Marvin Ziskin.

Status September 2016:
The Project Group formally finalized its task. In accordance with ICNIRP's working procedures, further decisions and developments are now to be carried out by the Commission.. 

Activity related to PG work: Workshop on NIR Protection in Medicine, 2 December 2012

Output 2017: ICNIRP Statement on Diagnostic Devices Using Non-Ionizing Radiation: Existing Regulations and Potential Health Risks. Health Phys 112(3):305–321; 2017.

NIR for cosmetic purposes
ICNIRP PG on "Intended human exposure to NIR for cosmetic purposes"

Task : Draft a statement on intended human exposure to NIR for cosmetic purposes. Communication with the PG on Ultrasound should be actively promoted by the PG Chair.

Membership : Monika Asmuss (Chair), Guglielmo D´Inzeo, Adele Green, Ken Karipidis, Sharon Miller, Tsutomo Okuno, and Tim Toivo (further members to be added in due time).

Observer:
E. van Deventer (WHO)

Status:
In action.
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